Those who receive the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine from Monday will have to wait an extra week for the second dose.
The HSE plans to give people a second dose of the vaccine 22 days later instead of the first 21 days, following recommendations from the World Health Organization and the National Immunization Advisory Committee.
The change will apply to their first dose intake from Monday, with the HSE saying they will “maximize our resources and vaccinate more people” as soon as supplies arrive in the country.
The 21-day interval between jobs will continue to be applied to anyone who has already taken their first dose.
Tenist Leo Varadkar says Pfizer may be ‘reducing’ its coronavirus vaccine supply
He said it was unclear whether the news would affect Ireland.
Norwegian authorities said today that a “temporary reduction” in the supply of jabs would affect all European countries, as Pfizer is restructuring its production efforts.
The Norwegian public health agency added that while the exact length of the temporary reduction is unclear, it means Fife will be able to increase its maximum production capacity in the long run.
Mr Varadkar said this afternoon that the “only hurdle” was being provided to roll out vaccines here.
He said Ireland had no control over when the European Union approved vaccines for use or how fast manufacturers could provide jobs.
But he said officials here were preparing to vaccinate people at gunpoint “within days” of their arrival in the country.
New data show that Ireland has the highest daily vaccination rate in the EU.
Statistics from our World in Data show that Ireland vaccinated more people per 100 people this week than any other EU country.
In a tweet, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly welcomed the news.
Thanks to our brilliant vaccination teams, we currently have a daily high vaccine level in EU27. This will not always be the case, as member countries receive the same amount of vaccine per capita. But great we are moving fast. Pic.twitter.com/DFR7amwlvi
– Stephen Donnelly (@DonellyStephen) January 15, 2021
He warned, however, that Ireland would not always be at the top as member countries received the same amount of vaccines per capita.
Government Earlier this week The country is on track to vaccinate more than 4 million people by the end of September.